Congratulations to the following candidates recently elected to Divisional Council for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023.

  • Mohammad Azlan Abdullah FCPA (Aust.)
  • Surin Segar FCPA (Aust.)
  • Jimmy Lai FCPA (Aust.)*
  • Zulkifflee Mohamed FCPA (Aust.)
  • Terence Tan FCPA (Aust.)
  • Sau Shiung Yap CPA (Aust.)

*Retiring Divisional Council Deputy President elected to serve a two-year term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022 (in accordance with Article 66(b)(ii) of the Constitution).

Note, naming conventions stated by first name and followed by surname.

The Divisional Councils key role is member engagement and local support for CPA Australia and maintaining the integrity of the designation. Divisional Councils are an important conduit between the members and CPA Australia’s Board and the organisation more broadly. Depending on the size and complexity of the Division, regional committee branches, speciality interest and sector committees or networks may support the work of Divisional Councils in member engagement and advocacy activities. Divisional Councillors are elected by the membership in the Division, usually to a three-year term.

Contact your Divisional Council President

You can contact your Divisional President via e-mail:

Priya Terumalay
Country Head, Malaysia
[email protected]


Sharman Arumugam

Sharman Arumugam FCPA (Aust.) – President

Country Partner, SCS Global Consulting (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Sector: Corporate advisory

Based in Kuala Lumpur with clients across Asia, Sharman has been with SCS Consulting as Malaysia’s Country Partner for the past 10 years. With more than 20 years of experience in restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and consulting, Sharman enjoys creating and implementing complex trans-border corporate exercises. In line with that, he strives to share alternative views and innovative ideas with fellow members. 

Gark Chee jin

Chee Jin Gark FCPA (Aust.) – Deputy President

Managing Director, Cypress Semiconductor

Sector: Shared services

Gark is Cypress Semiconductor Malaysia’s Managing Director and Director Controller for worldwide accounting and financial services. He has more than 23 years of experience in the industry and prior to joining Cypress Semiconductor, he had various exposures spanning from audit assurance to local PLC and MNC, and having held a range of finance operation positions with Western Digital, Dell, Komag, Globetronics and KPMG. Gark received his bachelor’s degree in business (accounting and finance) from Deakin University, FCPA from CPA Australia, and CA from Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai FCPA (Aust.) – Deputy President

Partner, Deloitte Malaysia

Sector: Audit and financial advisory

Jimmy has more than 20 years of experience in the financial advisory and assurance services. He has been a Partner with Deloitte Malaysia for more than 10 years. He has been involved in the audits of local subsidiaries of large multinational corporations and public listed companies in various industries. His experience also includes leading assignments related to outsourced internal audits, initial public offerings, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, valuation and financial modelling.

Dato Mohammad Azlan Abdullah

Dato' Mohammad Azlan Abdullah FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Group CEO, Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd

Sector: Service and Construction

Dato’ Mohammad Azlan Abdullah has 27 years’ experience in corporate recovery, project and corporate finance, internal audit, business operations, sales and marketing, merger and acquisition and general management, of which he has spent 17 years in a senior management capacity in the media and highway concessionaire industry.

Alan Chung FCPA

Alan Ch'ung Yit Chung FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Senior Executive Director, Grant Thornton Malaysia

Sector: Public Practice

Alan is a Senior Executive Director with Grant Thornton Malaysia. He has more than 20 years of experience in taxation, having spent formative years in the Big Four accounting firms. Alan currently leads Grant Thornton Malaysia’s indirect tax practice as well as oversees its transfer pricing practice. He is also a regular speaker and panelist in various seminars and conferences.

Bryan Chung

Bryan Chung FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Managing Director, Cadence Venture Capital

Sector: Venture capital and fintech

Bryan is the Managing Director at Cadence Venture Capital, an investment management company registered with Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), mandated to manage a fund on fintech and marketplace in SEA region. He’s an independent director of a Singapore Exchange (SGX) listed company and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He was previously COO of a licensed equity crowd funding platform and board member of an e-wallet licensed by Bank Negara Malaysia.

Prior to that, he was partner in a regional venture capital firm and VP of a local corporate advisory firm, managing and executing transactions as well as investments and incubation in the SEA region. A graduate of Monash University, he is a Fellow of CPA Australia and CIMA. He spearheads CPA Australia Malaysia Division's Digital Transformation Committee and is also part of the Digital Technology Implementation Committee at Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Koh Ree Nie

Ree Nie Koh CPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Audit Partner, KPMG Malaysia

Sector: Audit and Assurance

Ree Nie has more than 15 years of experience within KPMG. She has led many audit assignments in various industries and was also involved in various corporate exercises, which involved the review of profit and cash flow forecasts, accountants' report, initial public offerings and due diligence reviews.

Prof. Zuf

Professor Dr Zulkifflee Mohamed FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) Malaysia

Sector: Education

Prof. Zulkifflee holds a Ph.D. in Management from Multimedia University (MMU) Malaysia and a Master of Accountancy from Mara University of Technology (UiTM) Malaysia. He was with PwC Malaysia as an external auditor before becoming an accounting and auditing lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), UiTM, MMU and UNIRAZAK.

Prof. Zulkifflee’s primary research areas of interest include corporate governance, auditing, financial accounting and reporting, corporate social responsibility, accounting information systems and accounting education. Prof. Zulkifflee is the author of several books including Internal Audit Practices in Malaysia and Cost Accounting for Services Industries.

Tan Lay Keng

Lay Keng Tan FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Partner, Ernst & Young Malaysia

Sector: Taxation

Lay Keng is a Partner and Practice Leader of EY’s People Advisory Services – Global Mobility practice in Malaysia. She is also the China Overseas Investment Network Leader for EY Malaysia. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in corporate and personal taxation. Her experience covers a wide range of industries including oil and gas, telecommunications, technology, professional services, financial services, manufacturing, trading, and real estate. Lay Keng is also a member of MIA and a fellow member of CTIM.

Beng Siew Toh

Beng Siew Toh FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Head of Global Finance Services, Experian Malaysia

Sector: Shared services

Beng Siew is currently the Head of Global Finance Services for Experian in Malaysia. Prior to this, Beng Siew was in IBM for over 27 years. She held various leadership positions such as Chief Financial Officer of IBM Malaysia and IBM’s Asia Pacific Regional Accounting Center Leader. Most recently she was IBM's Finance Leader of Systems and Cloud & Cognitive Solutions for Asia Pacific, Japan and the Greater China Group.

She is respected by its business leaders and team for being the pillar of all internal IBM operations to drive business and growth. Beng Siew regularly meets clients and is a sought-after speaker at local and regional conferences where she speaks about the impact of technology on the finance and accounting profession in shared services. Beng Siew is currently leading the Global Business Services Task Force in CPA Australia and is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.

Surin Segar

Surin Segar FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Head of Tax and CFO of Maybank Foundation

Sector: Banking

Surin Segar, a graduate of RMIT University, Australia was appointed as the Head, Group Tax of Maybank on 1 July 2009. He assumed the role of Head Group Performance Reporting and Enterprise Investment Management for a period of 2 years to gain an in-depth understanding of data and its various uses. He was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Maybank Foundation and Maybank Labuan Foundation to oversee its finance and compliance functions. Prior to joining Maybank, Surin served Ernst & Young Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd from 2001 to 2009 and his last position was Director.

He was also at PwC Tax Services Sdn Bhd from 1996 to 2001. Surin is currently a board member of Maybank Shared Services Sdn Bhd, a MSC Malaysia company, PT Properindo an Investment Holding Company in Indonesia and various other intermediary companies within the Group.

Jagdev Singh

Jagdev Singh FCPA (Aust.) – Councillor

Partner, PwC Malaysia

Sector: Taxation

Jagdev currently heads the Tax Practice of PwC Malaysia. He has more than 20 years’ experience in handling a vast variety of tax and transfer pricing consulting assignments, including two years on assignment in London. He specialises in assisting multinational companies and local conglomerates with corporate international tax planning, developing pricing policies and representation before the local tax authorities with respect to tax and transfer pricing audits and investigations, mutual agreement procedures and advance pricing arrangements. He also works closely with a range of Malaysian regulatory authorities to contribute towards the development of government policies and legislation.